Plastic bag recycling

I read a great many blogs. Too many, sometimes. But I have noticed a trend in the blogosphere when it comes to craft blogs. They link to each other a great deal. So while it’s been great to get new links and new blogs to read from reading a few favorites, sometimes an idea gets beaten to death.
Which takes me to this week’s quilt.
A few weeks ago, everyone and their sister was making things out of fused plastic bags. Like here, and here, and the tutorial that started it all, here.

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Plastic bag recycling

I read a great many blogs. Too many, sometimes. But I have noticed a trend in the blogosphere when it comes to craft blogs. They link to each other a great deal. So while it’s been great to get new links and new blogs to read from reading a few favorites, sometimes an idea gets beaten to death.
Which takes me to this week’s quilt.
A few weeks ago, everyone and their sister was making things out of fused plastic bags. Like here, and here, and the tutorial that started it all, here.
I want to be a craft grrl. So here is my attempt to live like a lemming and add the recycled plastic bag craft revolution to my quilting.
Making it was fun, not nearly as stinky as proposed in the tutorial, and way harder to sew that it seems. It was very slippery on the batting, and it had to be tacked in places just to stay on. Next time, fusing it to fusible web is necessary.
Oh, and the wording came from a Michaels bag, that said “Ideas, Inspiration and Information”.

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Down the spiral

The house is still chaotic, so I went to one of my last doodles from week 3-4. Week 28

This week has been very non-arty. I am writing a technical manual and it’s so bland and dry I could curl up and die everytime I have to sit and write it. But as an unusual side-effect, I’m NOT bursting with creative energy. I don’t feel creative at all. This manual is sucking the creative life out of me.
On the other hand, I am going to the San Diego Comic Con next week, so I have to think of a project to take with me, and I also have a few obligation projects to get done. I joined a new ATC swap on atcards.com, so I am looking forward to starting that back up. The new studio is helping, and I am thinking of all kinds of things to adorn it with. At the con, I hope to get inspired and take a few photos and make some sketches that will fuel me for a while.
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Still going…and going…and going…

First off, I have now been doing the weekly quilt series for 27 weeks. That’s over half a year, but who’s counting?

Here is week 26. I decided on a white on white allover pattern to commemorate my half year mark. I adapted this pattern from http://www.beehappyquilting.com/ and their Provence mini wholecloth kit pattern, which is normally 16 inches, and mine is only 6 inches. I have lots of work to do on very small filler quilting. In addition, I put this pattern on the back, so the work here is the bobbin.

Week 27 is another story. We have finally moved in. This shape is all I will see for many weeks. I needed a fast project, and not many of my weekly quilts are biographical, so this fit the bill.

Here are some promised photos of my new Quilt studio. Before, it had a purple and green little girl’s theme. The previous owner tried some freehand butterflies on the wall. I may do something to them later. This is the before photo.

And this is the current work in progress. It has a walk in closet with a baby changing station in it, which I will use as a cutting station. The fabric bins are from Ikea, I chose lower wire baskets to see the colors of the fabric better. They were out of the laminate tops that will form a shelf across the top, on which I will set some projects.
My sewing table has always been a grey fold up computer table, and the drop keyboard area has been modified to meet the level of the bed on the sewing machine, essentially giving me one of those custom sewing platforms with almost zero cost. The best part is that I have space for an 18 x 24 inch cutting mat on the backside of the table, which I use to work on, and then just go around the table to sew.
The big white box with silver edges near the ironing board is an old Nokia cell phone sign that hung in a store in a mall. It was given to my husband for free who thought it would make a good lightbox. Since the one side still says Nokia, and the back was white, it was perfect, and who can beat free? I have the best husband for thinking of these things for me.
I hung one piece of art, a frame from Target that has 12 2.5 x 3.5 inch openings, perfect for ATCs. I took 12 great ATCs from my collection and popped them in, and hung it up. I plan to get a few more frames to display even more.
I still have plenty to find a place for, and the wall I am standing against to take this photo is where the design wall will be. A 360 degree photo will come soon, closer to completion.
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Adventures in Vintage Advertising

In one more week, I will have made weekly quilts on time for half a year. That’s pretty good, given all that is going on. This week, I was working with vintage advertising. This was not how I wanted these ladies to turn out. I wanted to use an image transfer technique that was more arty, using gel mediums and photo paper, but all experiments failed. They weren’t cheap either. So I resorted to fabric paper made to go through the printer to achieve the result above and below. My weekly quilt is based on an ad from the 1920’s for a beauty shop! What a beautiful lady, isn’t she? She’s so glow-y and ethereal.

The bottom lady here is based on an ad from the 1940’s for Ivory Soap. Now, I have hundreds of these ads, and my favorite are the “Psycho” crazy looking ones. This lady looks just so…. ODD. The best of them are these beauty ads, where the ladies in them look conniving and evil. I love them. And I love making up the phrases they look like they should be saying. I will master this image transfer technique and try some more psycho ladies out. This is a journal page for a fellow artist on ATCards.com.
We close on the house tomorrow. After that, the work on the quilt studio begins!

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